Thursday, July 4, 2013

A Beautiful Fate

A Beautiful Fate
Cat Mann
312 ebook pages
Released: June 11, 2013
Publisher: the author
Source: the author

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

It's been such a long time since I've read/reviewed a self--published novel that when Cat contacted me about her novel, I jumped on board because it seemed interesting and I hoped it would be a refreshing break from all the contemporaries I've been reading recently.  The cover was interesting to me, based the description I'd read, I couldn't figure out why there were scissors on the cover, though that soon became evident as I read.

Ava Baio, heiress to the Baio fashion empire, has had her world turned upside down after her mother's untimely death.  She lives for a short time with her grandmother, who then sends her to a boarding school in California.  It's there that she meets several new people, including Ari, whom she falls for quickly.  Their relationship is intense, and after meeting his family Ava learns something about who she really is and what her purpose is in life.  But now there are six men after her who want her dead.  Can she fight them off before it's too late?

A Beautiful Fate was an absorbing novel to read.  I had a hard time putting it down and even took it to work with me in the hopes that I could get some reading done there during lunch.  Anyone who knows me knows I love a good story with a boarding school.  There's just something about those boarding schools... so I was drawn in right away and even though I don't normally go for mythology based books, I really enjoyed this one.  It was interesting and held my attention all the way through.

I only had one problem with this book, and that's Ava and Ari's relationship.  If you thought the romance in Twilight moved fast, well, Bella and Edward have nothing on Ava and Ari.  Their relationship is intense and moved way too quickly for my likes.  I don't want to give away too much, but I was a little shocked by their actions towards the end of the book.  And since their relationship was such a huge part of the book, that's why A Beautiful Fate gets a three star rating from me.

A word about the ending, and I mean the literal last page, paragraph, sentence, words of the book... oh my gosh.  I cannot believe that's how the book ended.  Cat Mann, what are you doing to me?  She makes it near impossible to not crave the next book in the series.  Fans of the supernatural, but who are sick of all the current YA trends, and fans of mythology will both enjoy this book.  Give it a look!

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